Moose alarm systems have always been one of my favorites to work with. I’ve installed many Moose Z-900 systems in small-to-medium sized houses, where they make it easy to have a basic system up and running in just a day or two. For larger homes, the Z1100 series panels offered more zones and features.
The smaller Moose systems that were often used for a small- to medium-sized homes or apartments include:
Several larger panels, some with expansion capabilities, were often used to handle bigger houses with more zones:
Z1100 System I
Z1100 System II
These wired security systems have long been out of production, but many are still alive and well and protecting homes and businesses everywhere.
You may have “inherited” one of these older systems when you bought your home, or you may have had one installed as the original owner. Either way, this page is here to help you.
If you have one of these systems in good working order, you may just want to find a user and/or programming manual for your alarm. If you need a manual, skip down to Finding a Manual.
Need to change or add a code to your system? See these pages:
If you’re looking to replace an older system that’s beyond repair, click here to get free alarm quotes from alarm companies in your area.
If you have an alarm monitoring service or an alarm company you work with, they can take care of any equipment problems for you. If not, here are a few of the most common issues you will likely have with one of these systems, along with how to solve them.
Like many security systems, Moose alarm systems use a 12-volt, sealed lead-acid (SLA) battery for back-up power. The battery is kept charged by the plug-in low-voltage transformer usually located near the main panel.
SLA batteries have a life expectancy of about 3-5 years. This varies a lot, so some may last as long as 8-10 years, while others may die after only one year.
Most Moose alarm systems perform a self-test on the backup battery every 24 hours. If the battery fails the test, the keypads will indicate a battery trouble condition by beeping and lighting a “Trouble” LED.
Alarm system batteries are easy to replace, as long as you can open the panel lid. If your main panel is locked and you don’t have a key, or if it’s in a hard-to-reach location, you may want to call an alarm dealer to test and replace the battery.
All of the Moose systems listed above can use either the 4-amp-hour (4AH) or the larger 7-amp-hour (7AH) size battery. For help with changing batteries, see this page on DIY alarm system battery replacement.
Moose alarm systems included some of the better-made keypads, in
my opinion. Most used a rubberized material for the buttons, which made
them “grippy” to the touch and easy to manipulate. Moose alarm keypads
seem to last as long as the system is in service, although some do
If you have a keypad that’s not working properly, you have a few options:
These methods won’t work in every situation, but they’re often good “quick fixes” to get a Moose security system up and running so you can use it again. Having said that, be aware that a previous owner (or their alarm company) may have already tried one or more of these clever little tricks!
If all else fails, various Moose keypads are widely available on-line. (Come to think of it, so are the main panels!) This equipment is mostly used, and it isn’t cheap. Before you decide to buy any new or used replacement equipment, consider that you might be able to get a whole new, up-to-date system for not much more money.
NuTech was a line of home security products distributed by NuTone. The NuTech line, now long out of production, were actually re-branded equipment designed by Moose Security Products.
NuTech products functioned and programmed identically to their Moose alarm systems counterparts.
Here is a list of Nutech alarm system models, along with their Moose counterparts:
NuTech SX-2900 - (6) zones. Similar to the Moose Z700
NuTech SX-3100 - (8) zones. Same as the Moose Z1100 (System I)
NuTech SX-3100E - (8) zones, expandable to (16). Same as the Moose Z1100E
NuTech SX-3100ST - Not a system at all, but an advanced LCD keypad or "Security Terminal" with enhanced display and user menus. Its menu-driven design made operation of an SX-3100E system very user-friendly.
If you still have a working NuTech alarm system, you can find user and installation manuals for it at panelguides.com.
Unfortunately, you'll have no such luck finding replacement parts. Any keypads or panels you might be able to scrounge up are used, and also many years old by now. Your best option if your NuTech system is having any problems is to replace the system.
To find the correct manual for any Moose security system, the
model number of the main control panel is required. The easiest way to
find this out is to open the main alarm control box, and check the model
information on the main board.
The smaller series of panels will have the model information printed on the main circuit board. The larger Z1100 series panels have it printed on the metal faceplate covering the main board.
You can find links to free Moose alarm manuals on my alarm system manual sources page.
Which manuals do you need?
Here’s how you may see them listed, along with a description of what they really contain:
Most original Moose alarm systems used hardwired switches, motion detectors, and other devices, so you may be able to have them connected to whichever new hardwired security system you might choose. Your alarm installer (or you, if you’re a do-it-yourselfer) will have to check to make sure the existing contacts are working.